Pri`va*teer" (?) n. [From Private.]


An armed private vessel which bears the commission of the sovereign power to cruise against the enemy. See Letters of marque, under Marque.


The commander of a privateer.

Kidd soon threw off the character of a privateer and became a pirate. Macaulay.


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Pri`va*teer", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Privateered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Privateering.]

To cruise in a privateer.


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